Mildew or musty smells in the washer come from the washing machine not being able to dry out completely after use, then being left in a hot and humid environment. Most people think that because you wash your clothes in the washing machine, it doesn't need to be cleaned, when just the opposite is true.
Things You'll Need
- 1 cup of white vinegar
Set the washing machine on the hottest temperature possible. Turn it on and fill it up while leaving the lid open.
Add 1 cup of white vinegar to the wash. There should be no laundry in the washing machine.
Run the washing machine for a full cycle, then open the lid after it drains completely. Leave the lid up until it is dry.
Repeat the process until the musty and mildew odors are completely removed. Continue to leave the lid open when there is no laundry to be washed and only close it when the inside is dry.
Tips & Warnings
- In place of white vinegar, you can use a cup of baking soda, or lemon or orange peel. Clean the washer once a month with a washer cleaner or one of these.
- Photo Credit lave-linge image by Tadzio from Fotolia.com
How to Remove Mildew Smells From a Washing Machine
The growth of mildew requires warmth, moisture and food. Washing machines meet all these requirements, making them perfect breeding grounds for this...
How to Get Mold Smell Out of a Top-Load Washer
Mold is a common problem in washing machines, among other items and areas in your home. The dark and damp conditions inside...
How to Get Rid of a Mildew Smell from a Front Load Washer
Front-loading washing machines are popular because their design allows for greater laundry-holding capacity, better drying power and reduced water usage. These washers...
How to Remove Odor in a Front Load Washer
Front-loading washers are especially susceptible to odors because water and bacteria are in constant contact with the door and its rubber seal...
The Top Loader in My Kenmore Elite Smells
Though meant to clean the clothes you put in, the overall smell emanating from your top loading Kenmore Elite is anything but...
What Is Best Top-Loading Washing Machine?
The average family washes a whopping 300 loads of laundry per year, reports the Energy Star website. With so much activity in...